Monday, 27 January 2014

Society Dining at Hawksmoor

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You may or may not know that I have a near obsession with going for going to dinner.

Reading my blog, you probably have guessed. If you're new, well hello there- welcome! And I hope you hungry, because I'm about to tell you about the next big thing in the London dinning scene.

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I'd like to think, I'm a pretty social girl. I love meeting new people, chatting to anyone and everyone who comes onto my radar- call it my 'networking skills' gone mad. Put me in a room full of strangers and I'll soon get talking.

So always on the look out to impose my gift of the gab onto new victims acquaintances, I discovered Society Dining through a Facebook recommendation. 

Society Dining is a private society of high-flyers who share a passion for meeting new people and dinning out at London's best restaurants.

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The idea is once you submit your application to become a member, your profile is vetted against Linkedin, Facebook, and whatever else is out there about you. A mini profile is put together behind the scenes about what kind of person you are, in terms of career and lifestyle, and this is then used to match you with similar people to go for dinner with.

Different restaurants will become available to you, based upon similar matches, and if you fancy the place, you reserve a seat at the 6 person table.

So meet my lovely matches-
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I hit the jackpot, my matches led me to Hawksmoor, a place I had been dying to visit since arriving in London. Regularly described as London's best steak, I needed to see for myself- well we couldn't allow the rumour to go untested now, could we?!

Meeting for the first time, a group of strangers can be daunting, although I will admit, I do just willingly strike up conversation with anything moving. However for those less... motor mouth, then the matching system will work perfectly. I found myself matched with people from a banking/ technology/ hedge fund area, which immediately led to opening conversations. That awkward conversation starter avoided. Perfect. 

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Of course, it is always a good icebreaker anyway to start the evening with a few cheeky drinks, which Hawksmoor did extremely well. 

With a little liquid courage down us, we decided to go for a big group effort and share some of that London's best Steak. We settled on a 900g Chateaubriand and a 900g T-Bone, both medium rare.

We threw in some chips, mac and cheese, creamed spinach and every single sauce going on the menu, I kid you not. I sense some Northerners in disguise in the room... 

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The steak came in two big furness like dishes, pink on the inside, falling off the bone, it practically melted on the tongue. I went to Meat People a few weeks back, and while that was very good, this trumped it, hands down. Sorry guys!

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But seriously, if you are going to Hawksmoor, please do me a favour, and get the Mac and Cheese. Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

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Hawksmoor is like going for the best damn Sunday roast imaginable!

Sharing a big old platter kept the conversation flowing. Being financial nerds, we chatted about all things economics and City, like did you know their just isn't enough profits left in Commodities trading anyone? No... oh, just us then...

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Now its a known fact, financial nerd or not, that the human body actually has 2 stomachs, one for mains, and one for pudding, so when the word peanut butter appeared on the menu, it was 'activate 2nd stomach mode'.

The desserts were heavenly. Part of me wants to say that the dessert was just as good as their steak, but that might be blasphemy.
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Feeling well and truly satisfied, we carried on chatting about everything under the sun, really like old friends. 

Its funny really as I felt like I had know these 5 for years which is why it wasn't too much of a surprise that midnight soon crept upon us, and we had to make a swift dash to the last tube, but thankfully not before we exchange numbers.

One of the beauties of Society Dining is that if you were coming into town for business, knowing no one, you could go out for dinner, meet new people, and not have to sit in your hotel bar alone all night.

I only wish I'd discovered this when I first moved here. The concept is the best thing since sliced bread. Your guaranteed to meet people similar too you. So anyone looking to meet, I might just see you on my next table.

Apply for Society Dining here

Hawksmoor
Spitalfields
157a Commercial Street
London
E1 6BJ


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14 comments

  1. What a wonderful idea and great for networking purposes as well! I hope they have a similar service here in Belgium.

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  2. I like this idea of meeting new people and that too according to your preference
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  3. Sounds great and the food looks amazing! :)

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  4. What an amazing idea, I am just like you and will talk to anything that moves. That steak.....that bloody steak!!! Everything looks amazing!

    Em

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  5. Well everything about this looks pretty magical! Society dining sounds like a wonderful idea too, you must meet some very interesting people through it! That steak looks to die for too. Delicious!
    Carrie xxx
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  6. That pudding looks absolutely delicious! My mouth is watering already x

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  8. Everything looks amazing! Super jealous!

    xx Kait

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  9. Love the idea of meeting new people AND getting to eat in some fab new restaurants! I only wish I lived in London so I could take part too!
    Steak looks amazing - Hawksmoor is 100% on my list to visit next time i'm down :)

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  10. I've actually not been to Hawksmoor, but it's definitely on my list - especially for a day when I'm feeling especially carnivorous!

    {Teffy's Perks} X

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  11. This sounds like such a great way of meeting new people, and what better way to get to know them than over some delicious food!! The dessert looks absolutely delicious. We'll have to keep this in mind when we come and visit London (hopefully some time soon!!).

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  12. what a great little idea! I wish they had this is more places, it sounds like something I'd love to do! Also that steak looks incredible, I really need one like that in my life, like, right now! x

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  13. This looks amazing! I love the idea of meeting new people like this. Also had no idea you are in the finance world! OMG that steak just looks divine! As does the pudding and I totally agree about the two stomach thing. That's just common knowledge right?!

    Katie <3

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